DIY Quilted Hoodie – FREE downloadable templates!

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What happens when you turn the coziest quilt into the coziest quilted hoodie? MAGIC. Make your own DIY Quilted Hoodie using the FREE Downloadable Templates, available below! Then follow the blog post instructions to assemble your own version. The fabrics used in this version are from the Dancing Daisies Collection by Casey Cometti of Wellspring Designs. I’ll be hosting a casual 3 week Quilt-A-Long from March 24 – April 13, 2024 to make a DIY Quilted Hoodie with other quilters. Sign up here to join us!


Use these templates to follow the blog post instructions and created your own DIY Quilted Hoodie! Templates include sizes XS – XXL.

Fabric Requirements:

  • 1 large Throw size quilt.
    • I’ve made 2 versions of this pattern, for the first I used quilted sections that fit the templates (see below).
    • For the second, I used 54″ x 64″ finished quilt to make a medium. Use those dimensions or larger for room to maneuver the templates.
  • 1/4 yard to make 3.5″ binding

What you need:

  • Fabric pencil or pen
  • Rulers
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Adhesive spray — for stabilizing templates and appliqué
  • Quilty clips — which are my newest notion obsession. They make garment sewing so much easier!
  • Hera marker
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron

Once your throw size quilt or quilted sections are prepared, print and assemble the paper templates following the diagram at the end of the document. I recommend printing in color to differentiate the sizing options. I made the medium, which is true to size for me. For length reference, I am 5’10” and the finished hoodie hits at mid-hip level.

DIY Quilted Hoodie – Cutting the sections

If using a completed quilt, arrange the paper templates on the quilt before cutting. This helps to visualize the final look and to see how much wiggle room you have in cutting. There’s nothing worse than cutting the first sections and realizing you haven’t left enough room to get all of the pieces you need!

For the Front and Back panels, fold the sections in half and align the templates with the fold. Use pins and adhesive spray to secure the paper templates. Take your scissors or rotary cutter to carefully cut around the paper templates.

Next cut out the sleeve panels. For the hood, remember to FLIP THE TEMPLATE. You need two mirror images (shown in photo below), and this is only possible if you invert the template before cutting the second piece. I’ve made this mistake before, and it is devastating!! Finally, cut the pocket and sleeve cuffs.

Now the fun part- ASSEMBLY!

Step 1: Place the front and back panels right sides together. Clip the sections to secure and sew across the shoulders.

Step 2: Clip the hood panels right sides together. Sew along the curved section and turn right side out.

Step 3: Then bind the raw edge of the hood. As you can see in the photos, I added the binding after the hood was sewn onto the body of the sweatshirt. Learn from my missteps and do it first! It would’ve been much easier to do before attaching the hood. FYI – I used a 3.5″ binding because I liked the thicker framing. After that, clip the hood – right sides together – to the neckline of the front/back panels. Stitch around the circumference of the neckline, leaving the straight edges free.

Step 5. Finally, sew the straight edges together to finish the hood. Be careful on this part, as you will be sewing 3 layers of quilted fabric together. Obviously, that’s a lot of fabric for some machines to handle, I recommend going slowly and not over taxing you machine.

DIY Quilted Hoodie – Assembly cont.

Step 6: Bind the two diagonal edges of your pocket sections. Next, sew the pocket to your front panel. As a reminder, the pattern templates have markings to help you place the pocket correctly.

Step 7. Sew the cuffs to the sleeves. This is also a step I initially missed. Fold the cuff panels in half and sew them to the lower edge of the sleeve panel.

Step 8. Next, sew the sleeves to the body of the sweatshirt. Now let me say – sleeves are my least favorite part and I always seem to have to redo one. With that in mind, hopefully I can help you avoid some of the common pit falls. Start by marking the center of your sleeve panel, and clip it to the perpendicular seam of the body section. Next clip the corners in place. Then filing in the space with clips, without pulling or puckering the fabric. Sew slowly along the curve to attach the sleeve.

Step 9. Sew the sleeves and side seams together. Clip the raw edges together and start your sewing from the cuff, instead of the bottom edge. This will help the edges to align when you’re finished.

Finish your Quilted Hoodie!

Add the binding to the lower edge of your hoodie, and it’s done! You can also bind or use a serger to finish the raw edges inside the hoodie. Personally, I like the look of the unfinished edges, so I left mine as is. Let me know your thoughts! I’ll be hosting a casual Quilt-A-Long to make another of these hoodies, so if you want to make your own with me, sign up here. Leave a comment and let me know your favorite part of the blog, and if you will be joining the QAL!


  • Lorna

    Love this hoodie! I have already signed up to joint the Quilt-a-long.
    I have also printed the pattern. I was just wondering how I determine what size I will need. I cannot find anything that refers to size measurements.

  • Margaret

    On the pocket you applied binding on the sides, did you turn under the top top and bottom before sewing it on, or is that raw edges?

    • Casey Cometti

      Hi Margaret, thank you so much for your question! I’ll have a more in-depth description and alternative methods in the QAL, but yes. I turned under the seams of the pocket attach it.

  • Rosemary B

    Dear Casey, thank you for sharing this. I am gonna try it. I like the idea of making the pieces to each part instead of cutting up a quilt, which just seems weird and sad bc you lose a lot of pretty fabrics. Anyway, Thank you so much for figuring this out.
    I will try it and let you know at some point. This hoodie is great and you looks beautiful!!!

  • Kristen

    Definitely joining you! I have several quilt tops that would be perfect for this. It looks so cozy🤩 Do you have any references to what the finished sizes equate to in inches, instead of just S,M,L,etc? Everyone is different on what they consider this to be.
    Thanks for the SAL and pattern, Kristen

  • Jean Ruefer

    Do you have the measurements listed somewhere for the different sizes? I don’t seem to be able to find them. Thank you.

  • Peg

    Thank you for this tutorial and the templates. I have thoufgt about a quilted hoodie for awhile. You did the hard stuff by making the templates, so I am so excited to start. Will sen pics. Thank you so Much

  • Jill Scholtz

    I signed up for the quilt-a-long, but I might not be able to wait, haha! I’ve done a lot of garment sewing and this pattern looks pretty good! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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    Hi, I signed up twice for the templates for this hoodie and have yet to receive and email with it. Not in my junk folder either.

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  • Shirley Ontiveros

    Thank you for the pattern!

    I have a ton of sturdy knit fabric left over from earlier projects. Therefore, I am going to try making one out of stretch first. The binding I will leave off since it will be a rag quilt style. I have some stretch denim that would be perfect.

    Can’t wait to try this out!

  • Kristen

    I am sure you will mention this later in the SAL, but for those of us who want to sew a few seams,could you please share what seam allowance you used? I have made some garments and know that it’s usually a bit bigger than our quilts! I could go on past experience, but you are the one who has been wearing/washing it, so I want to make sure it’s sturdy! Thanks, Kristen

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